Tuesday, January 29, 2019

EARLY READER REVIEWS: Kick it Mo! and Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair


ABOUT THE BOOK

The soccer season is starting, and Mo has been working hard on his kicking skills so he can help his team, the Billy Goats, score a goal. But when he gets on the field on game day, it seems like all he gets to do is run back and forth. Will Mo ever get the chance to show his team what he can do?

REVIEW

David Adler's Mo is at it again, except this time, he's playing soccer.  As in previous volumes, he struggles to develop the skills needed to play well.  His kicks tend to send the ball flying through the air, instead of along the ground.  During his team's game, he gets the chance to score a goal.  Will he kick the ball correctly or will it be another miss?  Mo is such a lovable character, with his love for sports and his willingness to do his best, even if his best is far from perfect.  This series is perfect for young readers who play sports themselves and struggle to accept their own mistakes.  It's also a fun series for young readers period.  


ABOUT THE BOOK

Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell's classroom, and they do everything the students do -- listening at storytime, painting masterpieces during art class, and keeping their own special journals. But when it's time for the school science fair, the mice aren't sure just how to get involved. Lucy wants to time them as they run through a maze, but they want to do an experiment, not be an experiment. Then Zeke comes up with a great idea: since Lucy is training animals for her experiment, maybe he and Fergus can do the same thing! Unfortunately, the only animals available are the students themselves. Can Fergus and Zeke turn the tables and train Lucy in time for the science fair?

REVIEW

Fergus and Zeke enjoy being classroom pets.  They like being able to learn right along with the children.  But when the science fair comes along, they want to participate, but aren't sure how they can.  All the other children's projects don't really work for them.  Until Lucy decides to train the mice to run a maze.  Fergus and Zeke decide that the best way for them to participate is to train Lucy.  But children don't seem to be very easy to train, and there isn't much time left.  Can they get Lucy trained before the science fair?  I enjoyed reading about Fergus and Zeke's efforts to come up with a science fair project, most of which go awry.  It's also entertaining to read about Lucy's bafflement when the mice stop doing what she 'trained' them to do.  These clever mice are bound to make young readers smile with their antics.  And there's some fun science in the book to boot. 

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